Surprisingly Reasonable: Cuomo, Lemon Argue Columbus Cop Was Right to Shoot

Nicholas Fondacaro | April 22, 2021
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Proving that when they act like a bunch of liberal buffoons 99 percent of the time it’s a cognitive choice, the Wednesday night handoff between CNN Prime Time host Chris Cuomo and CNN Tonight host Don Lemon was a breath of fresh air as they defended the Columbus, Ohio officer who shot a black teen who was inches away from stabbing another person.

Their surprising reasonableness stood in stark contrast to NBC Nightly News, who earlier in the evening tried to stoke racial tensions by deceptively editing the 911 call that brought the officer to the scene.

“And it was so interesting for me, as emotional and personal for these stories are for someone of color, especially you, Don with your background. You were cautious about it,” Cuomo recounted when they first heard the story on social media Tuesday night. “You were saying, ‘Huh. I want to see this one. I want to see this.’”

Lemon, who normally railed against the police, built off of Cuomo by explaining how difficult it was for cops who arrive at scenes that are pure chaos and told off the peanut gallery:

When they roll up on the scene, they see people tussling around. Someone has a knife. And their job is to protect and serve. Every life on that scene. And if they see someone who is in the process of taking a life, what is that decision, what decision do they have to make?

And I that people say, “Well, you can do this you can do that.” Tasers don't work the way guns work.